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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 507   ABV: 16.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Jacob Spears, our 6th Great Grand Uncle, is credited as the first distiller to label his whiskey "Bourbon." He built his distillery in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1790 - 203 years before began brewing. While obviously a bit too late to produce Uncle Jacobís wash, weíve instead created something far more complex. In his honor, we present this robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest bourbon barrels. This explains a lot about our penchant for big brews! Itís in our blood!
Brewed with Rocky Mountain Water, Malter Barley, Flaked Oats, Hops and Yeast.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, caramel sweetness, vanilla and strong bourbon notes. Rich flavour of roastiness, alcohol, sweet bourbon, some vanilla notes, mild earthiness, tart wooden notes and molasses. Full bodied. Alcohol warms very nicely. The bourbon notes are very smooth and soothing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (7654) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (7610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle - batch #1 - thanks newcigarz! Pours opaque black with a small deep brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with a bit of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light - notes of bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, wood, dates. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter with strong bourbon notes and a touch of licorice. Light astringence is apparent from the time spent in wood. Full body, creamy mouthfeel and strongly warming, not surprising given the ABV. This is a nice beer. Cant wait to try B2!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle (Batch 4, Feb 2015 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of raw wood, vanilla, alcohol, whiskey/bourbon. Flavor is harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, harshly alcoholic. I can name that tune in...3 notes; sugar, alcohol, and raw wood. I hate to be flippant, but thatís what this beer is about. Yeah, thereís some of the usual choco-vanilla-roast in here too, which virtually all stouts offer, and ample bourbon scent as well (although milder than expected)...but the main feature here is really the unbelievable syrupy sweetness and the painfully burning finish. So harsh on both counts it literally makes my eyes water to take a sip, and very nearly a gag reflex occurs. It doesnít smell bad, mind you, itís just very simple. And I did spend a lot of time with the nose, despite instantly disliking the drinking experience...I kept hoping it would unfold new aromatic treasures as it warmed, but it never did. But letís be honest...like The Bruery, Avery LOVES sugar and alcohol. Thatís pretty much what defines the brewery anymore, if you were to peg them on one particular trait. They almost seem to try to get as much residual sugar as is physically possible in all their big brews, and this is surely one of their crown achievements in that regard...it is almost exactly like taking a big spoonful of granulated cane sugar and putting it in your mouth, no exaggeration; it really is that sweet. And hardly anything to balance other than the massive throat burn. Pretty much undrinkable. But hey...first pour opacity and a lasting head...every cloud has a silver lining!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled on 3/27/12. Poured highly-viscous near-black with a very short-lived, nearly as dark head. The aroma picked up a giant dose of maple, molasses, and rich, sweet bourbon upfront, with layers of vanilla, cocoa, and star anise not far behind.. some black pepper and bourbonny alcohol around the edges, but nowhere near 17% worth.. burned the eyes a little. The flavor opened with tangy, tasty bourbon and oak notes, with a thick wash of aged maple, vanilla, and fudge-like malts following.. spicy, earth and peppery bourbon surrounded and complemented the base beer very well.. picked up some bourbon heat in the nose and belly on the very long, decadently-malty finish.. this was awesome! Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. tanginess from the barrel kept it from being cloying.. this was a colossal beer paired with a robust barrel presence, and thankfully it all found balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7424) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and roast. Boozy flavor with chocolate and roast before a bourbon finish. Bourbon is the most prevalent character in both the nose and the flavor, but at least the beer is big enough to stand up to the barrel and throw off its own characteristics. Certainly not barrel-aged coca-cola like a lot of attempts from other breweries that arenít as experienced with barrel-aging.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Seth (I think) for the pour. Whatís up with Avery and these high ABV monsters? Somethingís in the water in Colorado I suspect. The pourís deep brown with a tiny head. Oily appearance. The aromaís of sweet banana bread, bruised banana, rich chocolate cake, smooth caramelised apples. The taste is more chocolate cake, bitter cocoa. Syrupy toffee rich malts. Robust, full flavors. Hints of wood and vanilla. Some raisin. The bodyís thick, oily, and intimidating. Still, considering the massive ABV, this isnít that tough to drink. Overall, a pretty decent sipper!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (7240) - Utah, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle generously shared by slowrunner77, thanks
Pours black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, vanilla, leather, bourbon and oak. Flavors are bourbon, woody, dark malts, vanilla and some hot alcohols
Wow, a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (7225) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2012
12 ounce thanks to ssteigerwald. Big chocolate rich stout. So creamy. So boozy but in a good way; in no way over the top. The bourbon is in your nose and taste. So tasty. This is extremely good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndySnow (7222) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, raisin, caramel.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, dried fruit, caramel, raisin.


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